Shahabuddin acquitted of triple murder

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first_imgRJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin was acquitted on Monday by a Jharkhand court in a triple murder case, involving a railway contractor and a Youth Congress leader 28 years ago, due to lack of evidence.Shahabuddin, now in Tihar Jail in Delhi in connection with a double murder in Siwan, was produced before the court of Additional Sessions Judge Ajit Kumar Singh here through video conferencing. The triple murder had taken place at Jugsalai here in 1989. An FIR had been lodged against unidentified persons based on the statement of Brahmeswar Pathak, bodyguard of murdered Pradip Mishra, the then East Singhbhum district Youth Congress president.But Shahabuddin, a member of the national executive of the RJD and a four-time MP of the party from Siwan in Biahr, was later made the accused in the case along with eight others in the killing of Mishra, railway contractor Anand Rao and his associate Janardhan Choubey. Pathak and K.T. Rao, an aide of the railway contractor, had been injured in the incident.While four of the accused were killed in police encounter and gang rivalry, the other four were acquitted by the court for lack of evidence in 2006 barring Shahabuddin, who did not appear before the court. Altogether nine eye-witnesses, including two doctors and an investigating officer were examined in the course of the trial, no evidence could be established against Shahabuddin and he was acquitted.last_img read more

Vadodara firm’s promoters arrested in loan scam

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first_imgIn ₹2,654 crore loan fraud case involving Vadodara-based Diamond Power and Infrastructure (DPIL), the CBI and Gujarat’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) in a joint operation arrested Suresh Bhatnagar and his two sons Amit and Sumit, all three accused in defrauding a consortium of 11 banks. They have been arrested Tuesday mid night from Udaipur in Rajasthan. According to sources, they were hiding in a hotel in Udaipur from where they were nabbed by the CBI. They would be taken to Delhi for further interrogation. Their arrest came after the Central Bureau of Investigation filed a case against the company and its directors for cheating a consortium of 11 banks from where they fraudulently availed credit facilities and siphoned of bank money. Following the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) also joined in the probe for money laundering while Income Tax also carried out search and raids at premises belonging to the Bhatnagars in Vadodara. The company is engaged in manufacturing of cables and power transformers and other equipment. It may be noted that the Opposition Congress has accused Saurabh Patel, a top BJP Minister in Gujarat of having business dealings with Amit Bhatnagar, a politically-connected businessman in Vadodara. The Congress spokesman Pawan Khera had released several pictures and photographs of Amit Bhatnagar with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Piyush Goyal, Gujarat’s Energy Minister Mr. Saurabh Patel and former Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel. A senior lawmaker of Congress, Jawahar Chavda, had written a letter to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, demanding a probe in financial irregularities committed by Mr. Amit Bhatnagar in connivance with Mr. Saurabh Patel in organising Switch Expo in 2016 in Vadodara.last_img read more

Haryana Cong. cycle yatra to resume from May 31

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first_imgSetting the tone for the campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in 2019, Haryana Congress chief Ashok Tanwar on Tuesday said the second phase of the party’s bicycle campaign would start from May 31.“We will start ‘Haryana Bachao, Parivartan Lao’ cycle yatra from Chautala in Sirsa district on May 31. During the campaign, we will expose the anti-people policies of the BJP government at the Centre and in Haryana,” said Mr. Tanwar, who will lead the campaign, covering more than 350 km, passing through 200 villages of five Assembly constituencies.He said during the campaign ‘misdeeds’ of the BJP governments will be exposed. “The BJP has failed to fulfil any of its promises. We will expose the party on issues such as unemployment, price rise, corruption and deteriorating law and order. Besides the BJP’s attempt to divide the cohesive social fabric of the State will also be taken to the public,” said Mr. Tanwar.‘Will expose INLD also’The Congress leader said the party will also expose the Indian National Lok Dal which has been misleading the people of Haryana on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal issue. “The INLD has been playing like the ‘B’ team of the BJP,” he alleged.“The BJP has completely failed to honour its pre-poll promises to youth, farmers and all sections of the society. With this campaign, we will seal the victory for the Congress,” he added.last_img read more

Korea ousts Gilas Pilipinas

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first_imgIt was the first loss in four games for the Filipinos, who finished way short of duplicating silver medal finishes in the last two editions of the tournament by bombing out of the quarterfinals.Korea played with flawless precision all game and made the Filipinos look a shade of the team that humbled the Chinese, 96-87, last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Koreans advanced to take on 2013 champion Iran in the Final Four after Hamed Haddadi and Co. scored an 80-70 decision of Lebanon.Terrence Romeo provided the silver lining for the Filipinos with a 22-point effort in the second quarter, where he rallied Gilas to within eight points. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games NLEX, Blackwater unveil new faces in clash Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Photo from Fiba.comSouth Korea slapped yet another loss to continental rival Gilas Pilipinas, 118-86, ending what had been a promising Fiba Asia Cup campaign by the Filipinos in Beirut.The Filipinos ran right smack into the deadliest shooting display by any country in the biennial showcase as the Koreans hit 16 triples and shot at a 67-percent clip to silence a huge stunned crowd of OFWs at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in the game that ended early Thursday morning in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Ja Rule taking heat on social media after NBA halftime show

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jeff Van Gundy set for final game of USA qualifying rounds US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Another video shows Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo taking warmup shots while Ja Rule is still performing.Ja Rule responded to critics on Twitter, saying his sound “didn’t come on when it was supposed to” but he “rocked.” When the Timberwolves’ official Twitter account mocked Ja Rule , he responded by cursing the team, saying, “You won’t win a championship for the next 30 years.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJa Rule has been the subject of ridicule for his role in the failed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas. He recently told TMZ that he plans to create another music festival. LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations FILE – In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 file photo, Ja Rule speaks onstage during the “Follow the Rules” panel at the Viacom Networks 2015 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Singer and rapper Ja Rule is taking some heat on social media, after video posted online showed problems with his halftime show during the Timberwolves-Bucks game on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Video shows Ja Rule had sound problems at the beginning of his show. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)MILWAUKEE — Rapper Ja Rule is taking heat on social media after problems with his halftime show during Saturday’s Timberwolves-Bucks game.Videos posted online show Ja Rule had sound problems at the beginning of his performance. At one point he said, “Are we ready?” then said, “I guess not,” before his music eventually started.ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

Ankur Mittal wins gold in Asian Shotgun Championship

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first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 5 (PTI) Indian shooter Ankur Mittal clinched the individual as well as the team gold medal in mens double trap at the 7th Asian Shotgun Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan today. Mittal shot 71 in the six-man final to finish at the top of the podium. With scores of Sangram Dahiya (43) and Mohammad Asab (34) added to Mittals final total, India managed to bag the top prize in the team event too. In the individual event, Dahiya finished fourth, while Asab had to be contend with the fifth position. Mittal, a World Cup gold medallist, shot 137 in the qualification and was behind topper Dahiya (140) as well as Asab (138). Mittal had won a gold medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico, earlier this year. Before that, he had bagged a silver in seasons inaugural World Cup in New Delhi. UAEs Khaled Alkaabi (70) won the silver in mens double trap event, while Saif Alshamsy (53) finished with the bronze. PTI AH CM CMlast_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Shane Warne blasts Australia bowlers, reveals startling statistics

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first_imgAustralian cricket fans, the media and experts have largely blamed the team’s batsmen as the reason behind their defeats against India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series but legendary spinner Shane Warne thinks the bowlers are equally to be blamed for the downfall.Warne came down hard on the Aussie pacers, especially Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, for their failure to take wickets up front with the new ball and later on with the older ball this year in particular.Warne also had the relevant statistics to back up his claims as he analysed Australia’s performance in the Boxing Day Test, which the hosts lost by 137 runs against India, who took an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series on Sunday.”I put my CSI forensic hat on and in 2018 Australia have won three Tests and the numbers for bat and ball don’t lie.”Australia have only made 300 once in those Test matches. The bowlers who we all keep saying is one of the best attacks in the world are struggling as well.”The opposition seem to be making big first innings scores. So it’s all fine to blame the batsmen and yes they need to get a lot better, but the numbers for bowlers are quite interesting,” Warne, who is a part of Fox Sports’ expert panel, said on air.Thoughts out of Melb. The Boxing Day test should be a – D/N match next year. Pat Cummins is the all rounder Aust are looking for & is a future Aust Capt. Also, It’s not just the batting that needs serious attention, the bowling stats for 2018 aren’t good. In-depth column comingadvertisementShane Warne (@ShaneWarne) December 30, 2018Warne then went on to back up his criticism with statistics as he revealed the wickets and averages of the Australian bowlers against the opposition’s top-six batsmen since the past year.”The opposition number 1-6 batsmen when we are bowling has Mitchell Starc with 17 wickets in 10 Test matches at an average of 47. Josh Hazlewood has 18 wickets at 40. Nathan Lyon 29 wickets at 43. Pat Cummins 30 wickets at 23.”So if you lose a toss and the opposition decide to bat and you have to try and knock them over, our new ball bowlers in Starc and Hazlewood are averaging 47 and 40. That’s not very good at all and it is not good enough.”At times when the bowlers have done well and knocked a side over, Australia have actually made over 300 in the first innings.”But when the opposition have made 346, 488, 482, 443, 386 and I could keep going, that puts a lot of scoreboard pressure on our batsmen. “The pressure is on to come out and make a decent score to try and not give up a big lead,” Warne analysed.Also Read | Devastated by reactions to my comments, didn’t meant to insult Indian cricketers: Kerry O’KeeffeAlso Read | Virat Kohli gives away his pads to young fan at MCG after Boxing Day Test winAlso Read | Tim Paine cries foul after Australia lose: We served India pitches that suit themlast_img read more

Sa Re Ga Ma Pa: Baba Ramdev’s marriage advice to Aditya Narayan will leave you amused

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first_imgRamdev recently shot for an episode of Zee TV’s singing reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa. He engaged in some fun games and activities while on the set, read a statement.He was asked to give some marriage advice to the show’s host Aditya.”All the famous people in this world are unmarried. I have become a big yoga celebrity and I am unmarried too! Hence, I would say that Aditya should never get married,” the yoga guru quipped.Baba Ramdev also doled out some weight loss tips for singer Sonu Gill. She decided to come up on stage and asked Baba Ramdev for some weight loss tips for Sonu. Being the sport that he is, Baba Ramdev immediately went up on stage and demonstrated the Kapalbhati asana and also advised him to drink a lot of warm water. A still from Sa Re Ga Ma Pa.Further, he also advised show’s contestant Ishita Vishwakarma to drink Giloy ka Kaadha for her cold and cough. The contestants made the evening truly a fun-filled one with their beautiful and power-packed performances. Tanmay Chaturvedi’s performance to the song Show Me Your Jalwa left mentor Richa Sharma mesmerised. Ishita’s melodious performance to the popular track Jag Ghomeya urged mentor Shekhar Ravjiani to go on stage and perform with her. Moreover, Baba Ramdev sang Yeh desh Mere Kann Mein Hai along with the contestants.Also read | Ravi Dubey replaces Aditya Narayan as Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Li’l Champs’ hostAlso read | Who is Indian Idol 10 winner Salman Ali? Unseen videos, lesser-known facts about the Haryana ladadvertisementlast_img read more

Christian Pulisic has succeeded in spite of American soccer, not because of it

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first_imgShare on Twitter Arsène Wenger accepts Sánchez will leave Arsenal either now or in summer Read more Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Share on Facebook Share via Email features Share on Pinterest USA Borussia Dortmund US sportscenter_img Topics Reuse this content Christian Pulisic is already at one of the biggest soccer clubs in Europe. Borussia Dortmund are perennial Bundesliga challengers, consistent performers at Champions League level and average crowds of just under 80,000 fans per game, but still, this is only viewed as a rung on the young American’s ladder to the top. That says a lot about what is expected of Pulisic. He is a superstar in-waiting. Premier League Football Share on LinkedIn Manchester United Indeed, the 19-year-old’s upward trajectory is predicted to swing even higher than Dortmund, with Europe’s elite perpetually reported to be interested in the attacker. Transfer speculation has become part of Pulisic’s day-to-day life over the past two seasons, with Manchester United the latest to be linked with a move for the teenager this week. The Old Trafford side, it’s reported, are ready to go up against long-time suitors Liverpool for Pulisic as Jose Mourinho looks to add something different to his attack.Any big money move to the Premier League for Pulisic would send a familiar narrative into overdrive. You’d read countless takes about the ‘American Messi’, about the biggest untapped soccer nation in the world finally producing its first genuine great. If Pulisic thought the pressure, which this week he admitted can get “too much”, weighed heavy at Dortmund, just wait until he ends up at a Man United or a Liverpool.Of course, this narrative is grounded in an element of truth. Pulisic might already be the best American soccer player in history, becoming the face of the US men’s national team as a teenager. But his rise, which would reach meteoric proportions with a move to the Premier League, has coincided with an extremely volatile time in the American game. There is a compelling contrast to be made.The temptation is to credit Pulisic’s success, at least in part, to US Soccer. But at a time when the sport in the country is tearing itself apart following the failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, with a presidential election being contested, this presents something of a paradox. The rise of America’s best player to date coinciding with US Soccer’s existential crisis doesn’t quite fit.That’s because Pulisic has succeeded in spite of the American game, not because of it. It’s true that Pulisic was given his elementary grounding in the game stateside, only leaving Hershey, Pennsylvania for Germany at the age of 16. He was part of the USSF’s US Soccer Development Academy, representing the States at under-15 and under-17 level. But Pulisic reached fruition and maturity elsewhere. As he wrote himself in a Players’ Tribune article, “it’s the age where a player’s growth and skill sort of intersect, in just the right way – and where, with the right direction, a player can make their biggest leap in development by far.”How many times have you read or heard someone ponder a scenario in which the USA’s best athletes played soccer over basketball or football? It’s a thought uttered so frequently, it has become the subject of derision. Ignoring the lack of nuance in such a point, though, and the central argument comes down to a perceived lack of talent in the American game. A lack of talent for US Soccer to mold. Pulisic’s success suggests this is a moot point.It’s not so much that the American game failed Pulisic, it’s that it cannot take credit for his success in a way that would conveniently counter the less than positive discussion being had by many right now. US Soccer as a governing body finds itself at a critical juncture and youth development must be a primary focus of whoever wins its presidential election. In fact, it should form the basis of every candidate’s manifesto.Rather than championing Pulisic as the embodiment of American soccer potential, lessons must be learned from the teenager’s specific case. For starters, a more effective path from youth to senior soccer must be established Stateside. Pulisic was likely lured to Germany by all the prestige and romance that comes with playing for a team like Borussia Dortmund, but he also probably saw a clear career route. Going back to that Players’ Tribune article by Pulisic, he summarized his feelings on this fundamental flaw in the structure of American soccer. “I’ve gotta say…” he wrote, “it really does frustrate me, when I watch MLS, and I see our best U-17 players – who, again, are so talented and so capable – being rostered … but then not being put on the field much to actually play. I watch that, and I just think about how I was given a chance … a real chance … and it changed my life. Why then are we seemingly hesitant to allow these other talents to blossom?”Perhaps US Soccer shouldn’t beat itself up too much. This is a common theme across all sports, not just soccer. Look at Lionel Messi, the greatest player in history, who left his homeland of Argentina for Spain as a 13-year-old. Or Andy Murray, Britain’s first Grand Slam champion in 76 years, who made the move to Barcelona to train at a similarly young age. The best young talent will always look to the best programs, and for Pulisic that could be found in Germany.The point isn’t necessarily that US Soccer should have a better youth infrastructure than Germany, a country that sets the standard for the sport as a whole, but that the example of Pulisic shows just how much more could be achieved. It’s a sporting tragedy that Pulisic won’t get a chance to play at next summer’s World Cup. The teenager is one of the brightest young talents in the game right now and deserved a platform to show that to the world. But he will get other opportunities, particularly if Man United or Liverpool come calling. Opportunities will be scarcer for others, though, and US Soccer must be in a better place to help those players take them. Share on Messenger Liverpoollast_img read more

Prime Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Report Criminals

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first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, is again calling on Jamaicans to assist the police in the fight against crime, especially in identifying criminals in their communities. Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness, is again calling on Jamaicans to assist the police in the fight against crime, especially in identifying criminals in their communities.“Nobody is invading Jamaica to commit crime; it’s the people in our communities. We know them and we see them. They are our children and they are our relatives. Our silence encourages them,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony today (April 24), for the construction of 230 housing units as part of the Foreshore Estate development in Delacree Pen, South West St. Andrew.Mr. Holness stressed that the Government is doing as much as it can with the resources available to put measures in place to protect innocent citizens and observe and secure their rights, whilst bringing down the crime rate.“We can only achieve it with a partnership, and your role in this partnership as good citizens is to provide us with the information. The police cannot act in a clinical and surgical way to deal with the criminals without having intelligence,” Mr. Holness emphasised.He said much of the intelligence is garnered from citizens who are willing to tell what they know, adding that persons should not fear providing information, as they will be protected.“We have demonstrated that if you give us the information, and we have given you the avenues to do it – Crime Stop and the special number that the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the police have (provided) – your own security and confidentiality will be protected,” he said.“Now is the time for cooperation; now is the time for partnership,” the Prime Minister said. “Nobody is invading Jamaica to commit crime; it’s the people in our communities. We know them and we see them. They are our children and they are our relatives. Our silence encourages them,” he said. The Prime Minister was speaking at a ground-breaking ceremony today (April 24), for the construction of 230 housing units as part of the Foreshore Estate development in Delacree Pen, South West St. Andrew.last_img read more

Feds say no to US idea of separate bilateral deals

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first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau Government is scoffing at the idea of scrapping NAFTA negotiations in favour of separate bilateral trade deals.This comes after the White House again floated the possibility of separate talks with Canada and Mexico.Simply put, this option is not on the table for Canada. On his way into question period Andrew Leslie, the Parliamentary Secretary for Canada-U.S. Relations, was quick to dismiss the idea.“Canada has maintained right from the beginning we believe in a trilateral NAFTA. We believe that together it’s been a win-win-win for our three economies and all three nations prosper,” says Leslie.But the U.S. is getting more serious about the possibility. President Donald Trump revived the idea last week, and now his leading economic adviser Larry Kudlow told Fox he spoke with Trump about it. He then pushed the plan to a senior member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office, although he didn’t name who it was.International Trade Minister Francois Philippes Champagne is dismissing the proposal being put forward by the Trump administration. He says our economies and industries are so tied together, it would be difficult to split the talks.“Over the last 24 years, we’ve built a very integrated supply chain, which has been good for economy, good for consumers, good for workers on all sides.”The issue will likely create more economic uncertainty, following the tariffs on steel and aluminum and just in time for the G7 summit in Quebec later this week where tariffs and trade are expected to cause tensions at the talks.last_img read more

City Council approves grant application for Festival Plaza

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first_imgThis new space in Centennial Park aligns with the City’s strategic plan to use downtown as a social, vibrant hub. The City would like to start project tendering in March 2019 and begin construction in April with completion in September 2019. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At the recent Regular City Council Meeting, Council approved the application to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for a grant to put towards the Festival Plaza.The grant worth up to $50,000 from the Northeast Regional Development Account would help add value to the work that is done shares the City Manager.The Festival Plaza will be located on the northwest corner of Centennial Park on the grounds next to 100th street and 96 Avenue. The Plaza will act as a visual entrance to the City of Fort St. John when travelling in from the south.last_img read more

Marrakech to Host 2nd Media Art Morocco Event

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Rabat – The Arab Media Lab and Digital Marrakech 6 are hosting the second  Media Art Morocco (MAM) event from October to December.Media Art Morocco is a three-month-long symposium centered on media arts. Media Art Morocco (MAM) aims to promote creativity and self-expression among aspiring young media artists in Morocco and the Arab World. It also works to inform the young generation of developments in media arts. “By organizing MAM, we would like to contributing (sic) in strengthen the interest in media arts among new, emerging and established artists in Morocco and the Arab region,” wrote the organizers.MAM is a major platform that trains budding media artists and enlarge their perspective on the creative process.“We believe that art can be and is an inspiring force for change. It can articulate, respond to and / or challenge prevailing realities that hold communities and individuals back,” MAM’s website says.The organizers claim the project “transforms the youth from passive to proactive individuals who think critically and create profound artistic projects which delve deeper in their society and which hopefully leads to personal transformation and social change.” The festival offers attendees a series of master classes, media art workshops, video performances, film screenings, lectures, and exhibitions. Young media artists can use the event to connect with professional media artists and filmmakers from all over the world. read more

Indian Ocean nations to test UNbacked tsunami warning system

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The exercise takes place in the wake of the tsunami that killed more than 100 people in Samoa last month, “providing a sober reminder that coastal communities everywhere need to be aware and prepared for such events,” stated the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).Following the 2004 tsunami, UNESCO – through its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) – helped countries in the region set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS). The upcoming drill – known as “Exercise Indian Ocean Wave 09” – will test and evaluate the effectiveness of the system, identify weaknesses and areas of improvement, as well as aim to increase preparedness and improve coordination throughout the region. The exercise will replicate the magnitude 9.2 earthquake that occurred off the northwest coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, in 2004, generating a destructive tsunami affecting countries from Australia to South Africa. The simulated tsunami will spread in real time across the entire Indian Ocean, taking approximately 12 hours to travel from Indonesia to the coast of South Africa. Bulletins will be issued by the Japan Meteorogical Agency (JMA) in Tokyo and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii, United States, which have served as the interim advisory services since 2005. The recently established Regional Tsunami Watch Providers (RTWP) in Australia, India and Indonesia will also participate in the exercise and will share experimental real time bulletins between themselves only. Countries participating in next week’s drill are Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Timor-Leste. A similar drill was held in October 2008 to test the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS). Such early warning systems have also been set up in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and Northeast Atlantic Ocean and connected seas. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in addressing key issues, including natural disaster reduction. “Through good climate science and information sharing, ICTs can help reduce the risk and impact of natural disasters,” he told heads of State and Chief Executive Officers attending Telecom World 2009 in Geneva. “When an earthquake hits, a coordinated ICT system can monitor developments, send out emergency messages and help people to cope.” Organized by the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Telecom World is a unique event for the ICT community which brings together the top names from across the industry and around the world. This year’s forum highlights the reach and role of telecommunications and ICT in areas such as the digital divide, climate change, and disaster relief. 6 October 2009Eighteen countries around the Indian Ocean Rim will participate in a United Nations-backed tsunami exercise on 14 October to coincide with World Disaster Reduction Day, the first time that the warning system set up following the devastating disaster that struck the region in 2004 will be tested. read more

Ohio State wrestling has what it takes mentally and physically to come

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Redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello wrestles down an opponent during a match against Minnesota on Feb. 6 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 22-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerThe Buckeyes have managed to stay in the national title hunt despite one of the toughest schedules in college wrestling, a handful of injuries and unpredictable tragedy.Just about a month after the Ohio State wrestling season began, teammate Kosta Karageorge was found dead a few days after going missing the night before Thanksgiving.“Obviously Kosta (Karageorge’s death) has been something we’ve dealt with, but we are learning about ourselves,” coach Tom Ryan said. “This team has what it takes mentally and physically to be on top at the end.”Along with the tragic passing of a teammate, the Buckeyes have also been shorthanded throughout the year and lost some matches early on because of it.Redshirt-junior Hunter Stieber (elbow) and redshirt-sophomore Nick Tavanello (knee) are looking to return during the first or second rounds of the National Duals.Stieber (1-2) ranks sixth nationally at 149 pounds despite only wrestling three matches. He was a Big Ten Champion and national semifinalist in 2013.Tavenello (13-7), ranked ninth at heavyweight, has missed the last seven duals and the Buckeyes don’t have a win from a backup in the weight class. Ryan said he believes Karageaorge could have been a real help during this time of year.“Kosta would have been tough,” Ryan said. “He put on a lot of size during football and could have been a heavyweight backup, he would have given some of these top guys some good matches.”Despite the adversity, the third ranked Buckeyes have defeated four teams currently ranked in the top 16 ­— No. 3 Minnesota, No. 5 Penn State, No. 12 Virginia and No. 16 Michigan.Leading the way for the Buckeyes has been redshirt-senior Logan Stieber (19-0). Stieber is currently ranked first at 141 pounds and is looking to become just the fourth collegiate wrestler to win four national championships.Not only has the senior leadership been there for the third-ranked Buckeyes, but three freshmen have also carried their weight and then some, and are a big reason for the team’s success.Redshirt-freshmen Nathan Tomasello and Bo Jordan, along with freshman Kyle Snyder, have pushed their way into the top 10 in their respective weight classes.Tomasello, ranked seventh nationally at 125 pounds, has been called the fire that gets this team going on match days. His aggressive style and nonstop action on the mat provides a spark to each wrestler that follows him in the lineup. At 22-4 he is tied for most wins on the team with redshirt-junior Johnni DiJulius (22-3) and Snyder.Jordan is currently 14-0 and 37-0 in his career at OSU. He is ranked fifth nationally and has stepped up in key moments to give his team extra points when called upon to do so. In his last match against No. 17 Nick Wanzek, the 165 pounder didn’t just get the win, he managed to get the fall and the hopeful six points.Snyder continues to move up the rankings and will have a chance to continue this trend after his latest win against a top five opponent Scott Schiller of Minnesota. Snyder looks to be the number one seed for the Big Ten Championships the first weekend in March.“I’ve never done a study on teams that have won championships and the amount of adversity that they go through and how much makes them grow, but we’ve had our fair share and it’s been a challenging year,” Ryan said. There has been situations where if someone were to have told me they were going to happen beforehand I would have said they should be a writer in Hollywood because that’s some crazy thinking.”OSU is set to return to the mat Sunday, when it is scheduled to travel to take on No. 15 Edinboro in the first round of the National Duals in Edinboro, Pa.For more on this story, watch Maddie Spielman’s video below. read more

Roma make enquiries about Suso Fernandez

Roma make enquiries about Suso Fernandez

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first_imgAS Roma have reportedly made enquiries about AC Milan’s midfielder Suso Fernandez, as they see the Spanish player as a potential alternative to Malcom.The Giallorossi had agreed on a deal with Bordeaux to sign Malcom, but the Catalans made an 11th hour move to hijack the transfer.Sporting director Monchi is still looking for someone to play on the right flank, and calciomercato.com reports that he met Suso’s agent Alessandro Lucci today.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.The former Liverpool player has a release clause of €38m, but it’s only valid for foreign clubs and expired on July 15.The Rossoneri are asking for around €40m, but at this stage, Roma are only making enquiries and aren’t ready to submit a bid.Alternatives include Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen, Ajax’s David Neres, Mikel Oyarzabal of Real Sociedad, RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg and Domenico Berardi, the Sassuolo forward who worked with Eusebio Di Francesco at Mapei Stadium.last_img read more

Standard Life Aberdeen commits to supporting staff experiencing endometriosis

Standard Life Aberdeen commits to supporting staff experiencing endometriosis

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first_imgInvestment management organisation Standard Life Aberdeen has been accredited as the UK’s first endometriosis friendly employer, committing to provide support for employees experiencing the condition.The new accreditation scheme, launched by national charity Endometriosis UK in June 2019, offers guidance to employers on how to support staff diagnosed with endometriosis. As part of the endometriosis friendly employer accreditation process, organisations must commit to provide relevant support for employees experiencing endometriosis, ensuring that these individuals can thrive at work.The employer pledge requires organisations to focus on areas such as leadership and management support, tackling stigma and culture change, and building communications to raise awareness of endometriosis and the available aid.Endometriosis is a long-term chronic pain condition where cells similar to the ones found in the lining of the womb are found elsewhere in the body. Associated symptoms include significant pain or needing more frequent access to the toilet because of bowel or bladder-related factors.Standard Life Aberdeen, which employs more than 6,000 staff across 52 global operating sites, was formally accredited by Endometriosis UK on 28 June 2019.Committing to be an endometriosis friendly employer aligns with the organisation’s goal of contributing to an inclusive future and creating a workplace for everyone as workforces become more diverse.Susie Logan (pictured), brand and marketing director at Standard Life, said: “Endometriosis impacts every single aspect of sufferers lives, including work. This is why it is so important that employers commit to better support for their staff, not only for those with endometriosis, but all invisible illnesses. It simply cannot be the case that these illnesses, which impact more people than many of us know, are ignored.“Signing up to the endometriosis friendly employer scheme is something we are incredibly proud to do. We have already taken a number of steps to satisfy the criteria outlined by Endometriosis UK to support our [staff] with endometriosis and are committed to doing more. Ultimately, it’s about getting comfortable with the uncomfortable and we can work together to achieve that.”Emma Cox, chief executive officer at Endometriosis UK, added: “Endometriosis should not be a taboo subject, and we want organisations to adopt an open culture when it comes to talking about female health. Every employer should be comfortable in talking about endometriosis with their staff and, in turn, help employees feel supported in talking about their experience.”last_img read more

Post Chapter 11 RDA Looks for Turnaround

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first_img The changes aren’t over—advertisers haven’t weighed in yet; more than half of RDA’s international license deals are still pending—but Guth says the company’s core is going to remain stable for the foreseeable future. To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter! RDA is also changing the ad sales model for its flagship title. Advertiser Exclusivity The new model will concentrate on driving more direct-to-publisher sold subscriptions at higher, more consistent rates, Guth says. The other part of the strategy has been in recalibrating its core. With a more profitable customer model in place, Reader’s Digest is going to focus more on audience development through product enhancements. There have been two bankruptcies, the company’s revenues have been cut by more than a half a billion dollars and key business units have been sold off. Three different CEOs have overseen the changes. Though Reader’s Digest had kept circulation steady at around 5.5 million over the last three years, the numbers show it increasingly turned to agents and discounting to do so. Average annualized subscription prices fell by more than $4.30 or almost 25 percent since 2010, by far the largest drop in its competitive set, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. — “If you look at it through the lens of the consumer, it’s not contradictory,” he says. “The fundamentals of the approach are about improving the quality first. Going from 10 to 12 is obviously a huge step in improving the quality of the product as it’s perceived by customers.” There’s no new price point yet, but enforcing pricing discipline will be a big part of the plan moving forward, Guth says. Too many buyers were waiting for the discounted offers. Most notably, the magazine is slashing its rate base by 45 percent, dropping from 5.5 million to 3 million in a move that’s intended to reduce dependency on underpriced agent-sold subscriptions. The cut will be phased in through the rest of 2013 and take full effect January 1, 2014. He says the company will return to profitability next year. Upheaval has been a defining characteristic of RDA Holding Co. for the last three years. “If anything had taken away from [our core business] over time, it was just a lack of focus,” Guth says. “I think there was an anecdotal view that the publishing sector in general was going to continue to decline and therefore we needed to do other things to offset that. There’s nothing wrong with that philosophy—a lot of successful businesses have done that—but in our case, all those other pursuits accelerated the decline.” Reducing Rate Base and Going Customer-Centric This year’s product improvements to Taste of Home—which included a content expansion, perfect binding and heavier stock sections—resulted in a 14.2-percent ad page bump in the first half, per PIB. Those changes come after Reader’s Digest moved from 10 to 12 issues annually for 2013 and follow investments in the Taste of Home product, RDA’s second-largest title. Part of Guth’s strategy has been to divest those ancillary lines of business. Among other changes since he arrived, Everyday with Rachel Ray and Allrecipies.com were sold to Meredith in separate deals, 150 staffers were laid off and it was announced that the company would license its international operations. Guth disagrees though. It goes back to the consumer-centric model. Reader’s Digest will cut the number of ad pages in each book, moving to an 80-20 edit-to-ad ratio, while offering category exclusivity for partners. No more than four advertisers of any given product category will be in each book. While limiting ad space is a hallmark of the new strategy, moving from 10 to 12 issues per year seems to run counter to that goal. They’re cutting inventory in one place and adding it in another. The magazine will undergo a redesign in late 2014 that will include a cover change, a cleaner navigation experience, increased ad spacing throughout the book and a content shift toward more national interest stories. A new mobile design is also slated to be announced later this year. “This is a company going through a massive transformation,” Guth says. “When the dust settles, we’re going to be a quarter of the size we were two years ago. And you don’t go through all that without some amount of change.” “Historically, [the profitability of] virtually all our titles came from the subscription base, not from the advertising base,” he continues. “By pursing a rate base almost blindly, you lose the ability to have a profitable subscriber base because you rely on agents and you end up at the least common denominator of those agents’ pricings.” Robert Guth, president and CEO of the company since late 2011, has been orchestrating a strategic turnaround against that backdrop, betting on discipline and exclusivity to stabilize the 91-year-old name brand. The majority of the changes announced as part of RDA’s emergence from bankruptcy are aimed at the company’s flagship title and largest single piece, Reader’s Digest. RDA is now set to emerge from Chapter 11 in late July with about $100 million in debt. That’s down from around $500 million at the time of the latest bankruptcy filing and $2.1 billion less than the first time around. “There are two kinds of business strategies: There’s a strategy that’s advertising-centric, which requires a rate-base mindset, and there’s a strategy that’s more consumer-centric,” Guth says. “Either business strategy is great, but you can’t be both. I think over time, we’ve evolved into a place where we were trying to be both.” While Reader’s Digest’s decrease in inventory makes increasing ad page counts impossible, the company is hoping for a similarly positive reaction from advertisers.last_img read more

Republicans in Fairbanks vie to be national delegates

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first_imgA few hundreds Republicans are gathered in Fairbanks today for the state party convention. APRN’s Liz Ruskin is reporting from there.Download AudioPaul Dawson of Craig wears his colors at the Alaska Republican Convention in Fairbanks (Photo by Liz Ruskin, APRN – Washington D.C.)TOWNSEND: Liz, you left us with a bit of a cliffhanger yesterday. What’s the big news party chairman Peter Goldberg was hinting at?RUSKIN: OK, you have to remember: this is a gathering of political animals, who live and breathe delegate counts. Everybody’s wondering if Donald Trump can get the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination. He’s still more than 200 delegates short. So the “big news” here in Fairbanks was, the party central committee decided to keep the allocation of Alaska delegates the same: 12 for Ted Cruz, 11 for Trump and five for Marco Rubio.TOWNSEND: Rather than split up the Rubio delegates because he’s suspended his campaign?RUSKIN: Right. So maybe not the hugest news. But today, the convention here in Fairbanks started the process of deciding who they’ll send in those roles. 160 people have applied and they have to narrow it to 25 people, plus 25 alternates.TOWNSEND: How’s that going?RUSKIN: It’s competitive! The delegate hopefuls have printed up flyers, like campaign brochures, with photos and graphics. One woman’s pic showed her with an AR-15 on her lap. Jennifer Clutts of Anchor Point. She said she was trying to stand out from the crowd, and show her Second Amendment colors. Meanwhile, the campaigns have people running around with rosters of their preferred delegates, the ones they’re sure will remain loyal in Cleveland. David Morgan, from Anchorage, was keeping a list for the Trump campaign. He was kind of agitated last night when he says a new yellow sheet for delegates appeared, and he thought the other campaigns had advance knowledge.MORGAN: “They’re adding an extra form, which some of us don’t feel is necessarily necessary. So we just now have to make sure that our guys fill out the form. It’s one more thing to do before 9 o’clock in the morning. Hold on. (Did you need one of these?) I need 35 of them. (Oh, well Kristi has 35.)”RUSKIN: It soon blew over. But it’s the kind of minor tension running around here.TOWNSEND: So Trump does have people working it on the ground.RUSKIN: Yes. They seem calm and confident their candidate will win. And then there are people like Mary Bishop of Fairbanks.BISHOP: “I’m a ‘never Trump’ person.”RUSKIN: Mary’s from Fairbanks. She says she’d like to be a delegate to Cleveland, but only if she thought it’d be an opportunity to stop Trump. She says Trump seems to inspire his supporters to displays of bigotry.Mary Bishop, of Fairbanks, describes herself as a “never-Trump person.”BISHOP: “It just reminds me of what happened in Nazi Germany back in the ‘30s, and that scares me. He may not be that way, but he brings out the people who are that way. And I don’t think that’s good for the country.”TOWNSEND: Wow.RUSKIN: Yep. We’ve got all brands of Republican here. But it’s been quite smooth.TOWNSEND: When does the convention make its decision on the delegates?RUSKIN: That becomes final tomorrow. The nominations committee has been working on THEIR list behind closed doors for hours. The biggest kerfuffle of the whole convention that I’ve seen, actually, was just before they closed the doors, when Committee Chairwoman Paulette Simpson of Juneau asked members to relinquish their cell phones, to avoid any leaks.last_img read more

After JW Marriott Four Seasons Hotel in Mumbai charges Rs 1700 for

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first_imgAfter JW Marriott’s infamous banana debacle, the high-end Four Seasons hotel in Mumbai has now taken the crown for charging exorbitant amounts for two boiled eggs.A Twitter user shared an image of a bill given by the five-star hotel where a pair of boiled eggs cost…wait for it…Rs 1,700. If you thought Rs 440 for two bananas was expensive, maybe it is time for you to change your mind.Kartik Dhar shared an image of the bill with the caption: “2 eggs for Rs 1700 at the @FourSeasons Mumbai. @RahulBose1 Bhai Aandolan karein (Shall we protest)?”2 eggs for Rs 1700 at the @FourSeasons Mumbai. @RahulBose1 Bhai Aandolan karein? pic.twitter.com/hKCh0WwGcy— Kartik Dhar (@KartikDhar) August 10, 2019 What was surprising was that all the items in the bill were quite expensive. An omelette costs Rs 850 and diet coke is Rs 250.High-end hotels charging unreasonable rates for everyday and common food items came to light last month when Bollywood actor Rahul Bose took to Twitter to share a video of his bill by JW Marriott in Chandigarh where he was asked to pay Rs 442 for a pair of bananas, which was termed as a fruit platter.This video made JW Marriott come under the scanner of the excise department in Chandigarh who fined the hotel Rs 25,000 after conducting an investigation.last_img read more